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My entries in the Agricultural Hall at the Wapello County Fair
06/20/2021

My entries in the Agricultural Hall at the Wapello County Fair

First strawberry of the year.
05/23/2021

First strawberry of the year.

First strawberry of the year.

Here are some pictures of the garden this week showing the growth progress. I have been able to control the majority of ...
06/19/2020

Here are some pictures of the garden this week showing the growth progress. I have been able to control the majority of the weeds.

04/09/2020

It has been a couple of productive days working in the garden. Yesterday I got the big garden all tilled. Today I planted potatoes, sugar snap pea, turnips, beets, kohlrabi and radishes. It was a struggle out in the wind. Hopefully we can have farmers markets this summer. Everyone stay safe.

02/04/2020

Winter might still be with us but the thoughts of sprng abound in the germination room. I started sowing hot pepper seed yesterday. The fun begins.

Checked the garden down at Ostrander's after being hit with wind and hail storm earlier today. It is not good, onions ar...
06/06/2019

Checked the garden down at Ostrander's after being hit with wind and hail storm earlier today. It is not good, onions are shredded and bent over, tomatoes that I have planted yesterday and today until the storm hit are either completely stripped of leaves and/or broken off. Potatoes are stripped of leaves but I think they will recover.

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05/29/2019

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Here is the garden down at Ostranders. This is the result of 6 1/2" of rain in two days. Mainly onions and peppers. The recommendation is 1" of water per week for plants, so I should be good for a couple of years.

Here is the garden down at Ostranders. This is the result of 6 1/2" of rain in two days. Mainly onions and peppers. The ...
05/29/2019

Here is the garden down at Ostranders. This is the result of 6 1/2" of rain in two days. Mainly onions and peppers. The recommendation is 1" of water per week for plants, so I should be good for a couple of years.

08/03/2016

I have a abundance of green beans so I am selling in larger amount if anyone need some for canning. Normal price is $2.00 per pound but will sell at $1.00 per pound if you buy 10 lbs or more. Pm me or call 641-680-6216.

I have a exceptionally good crop of garlic and potatoes this season so I rented a track hoe to assist with the harvest. ...
06/28/2016

I have a exceptionally good crop of garlic and potatoes this season so I rented a track hoe to assist with the harvest. It was delivered today and can be seen in the background ready to start digging.

These are stick tomatoes tied up to tomato stakes. They have bare stems with little tufts of wrinkled leave every few in...
06/28/2016

These are stick tomatoes tied up to tomato stakes. They have bare stems with little tufts of wrinkled leave every few inches. There are a few green tomatoes setting on also. Always fun to grow something that is unusual.

These are stick tomatoes tied up to tomato stakes. They have bare stems with little tufts of wrinkled leave every few inches. There are a few green tomatoes setting on also. Always fun to grow something that is unusual.

The best decision that I have made this year is to lay down greenhouse flooring and plant through it. It controls the we...
06/28/2016

The best decision that I have made this year is to lay down greenhouse flooring and plant through it. It controls the weeds. The 6 rows on the left are almost 300 pepper plants of all kinds. The rest are some of my tomatoes. Now if we could get some rain so I can harvest for the farmers market.

The best decision that I have made this year is to lay down greenhouse flooring and plant through it. It controls the weeds. The 6 rows on the left are almost 300 pepper plants of all kinds. The rest are some of my tomatoes. Now if we could get some rain so I can harvest for the farmers market.

03/26/2016

The peppers have germinated and have been transplanted to their pots. They are now growing under grow lights or in the greenhouse. All of the tomato seeds are sown and the majority are ready or have been tranplanted to pots. There are still a few waiting to germinate. Now to move on to sowing eggplant and okra. I didn't get any potatos planted yet since the ground has been too wet.

01/25/2016

Three kinds of peppers have germijnated and getting ready to transplant from seed flats to individual pots. Hot peppers are slow to germinate, so I tried a different method to speed things up. Put the seeds between two layers of paper towels and dampen the towels, then place in a ziplock bag and put on the heat mat under a flat for 24 hours. This method has cut days off time it takes to germinate.

01/22/2016

It is time to get back in gear with gardening. Have my want lists made out and some seeds are ordered and have arrived. In the process of disenfecting all of the pots and flats, this takes about a week. I have 8 kinds of pepper seeds planted and waiting to germinate. Before you know it will be back to playing in the dirt.

08/15/2015

The cucumbers are producing like no tomorrow. If anyone is interest in purchasing enough to make pickles let me know.

06/07/2015

Got a lot of gardening done last week. Done planting the following: peppers, tomatoes, cukes, okra, sweet potatoes, and egg plant. Even found time to do a little weeding. Not bad for a slow old man plus going to farmers market 2 days a week. Only things left to plant are squash, cantaloupe, watermelon and some more green beans. I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel and it isn't a train.

05/01/2015

A big thanks to brother-in-law Steve for tractor tilling the rest of my gardens. I will be rolling out ground cloth and planting peppers and tomatoes for the next several days or until the rain stops me.

04/21/2015

Progress is being made in the gardens. Potatoes, onions, kale, spinach and part of the radishes are planted and most are up and growing. Peppers and tomatoes have been transplanted from seed flats. Okra and eggplant seeds have been sown and I am waiting for them to germinate. Farmers market will be here before you know it.

Glad to be rid of frigid February and hoping for a warmer March. Forecast for the 40's at the end of the week sounds won...
03/01/2015

Glad to be rid of frigid February and hoping for a warmer March. Forecast for the 40's at the end of the week sounds wonderful to me. Hopefully there are a couple of picture attached. The plants in the black flats are super hot peppers. The plants in the round brown planter are radishes. I am playing with trying to grow radishes inside during the cold weather. There are a lot more pepper seeds still on heat mats waiting to germinate. Next thing to start are tomatoes.

01/19/2015

This January thaw is a nice break from the cold temps were have been having this winter. Puts me in the mood to think about gardening. I have seed catalogs spread over the living room floor and making lists and ordering seeds for planting. I started some super hot pepper seeds on the 13th of this month and going to start some more today. Will be starting tomato seeds in a couple of weeks. It will be time to play in the dirt before you know it.

11/12/2014

Steve help me by plowing both gardens on the hill. I got the home garden all tilled and winter rye plated for a cover crop. Might be too late in the year to grow, never know until you try. Everything is done for the year in the gardens so I guess sit by the fireplace and wait for the seed catalogs to show up in a couple of months.

10/14/2014

The garden is about done for the season. Thursday will be the last farmers market of the year. It has been a very good season and hopefully next year will be as good or better. Next years garlic is all planted and should be sprouting soon. After this weeks market the gardens will be plowed under and left for next year.

06/25/2014

The gardens are starting to produce something besides weeds. It is hard to keep up with the weeds with all of the rain. I was able to pick some yellow wax beans, garlic, lots of greens such as 3 kinds of lettuce and kale, and basil for todays markets. Also had black raspberries today. Should have a similar picking for Thursdays market in Ottumwa.

06/15/2014

Finally finished planting the last of the cucumbers and also got some squash planted. It had been too wet to get into that garden. Rain predicted for tomorrow. I am starting to get a nice selection of vegetables to take to the farmers markets. I attend Bloomfield Farmers Market on Tuesday 3pm until 6pm and Saturday 830am until 11am on the courthouse lawn and attend Wapello County Farmers Market on Thursday from 230pm until 530pm at Family Video 819 Albia Road in Ottumwa. Stop by and buy or stop by and just say hi.

05/26/2014

The gardens are finally coming together. I am finished planting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, onions, beans. I have also planted some peanuts and tomatillos for the fun of it. I still have to plant all of the vining plants and sweet corn. Now need some rain to make it all grow.

05/22/2014

I have some radishes and fresh spinach to take to the farmers market today plus vegetable and herb plants and home made noodles.

05/20/2014

I got about 80 tomatoes and some herbs planted in the garden today. Now it is time to get ready for the Bloomfield Farmers Market. There will be fresh vegetables, vegetable plants, baked goods, home made noodles and more. The hours are 3:00pm until 6:00 pm on the courthouse lawn.

05/17/2014

I have 300 pepper plants and 40 eggplants planted about a week ago and now they are forecasting frost for tonight. Steve and I put down frost cloth and now hope for the best. Hope no strong winds tonight to blow the frost cloth off the plants.

05/11/2014

The garden is finally starting to come together. I just finished planted 200 peppers with a few still to go. Earlier this week planted green beans, more radishes, beets, potatoes, kale. This coming Thursday Is the first market of the season for the Wapello County Farmers Market. It is held at the Ottumwa Family Video parking lot at 819 Albia Road from 2:30pm until 5:pm. There will be vendors with some early vegetables, lots of baked goods, vegetable plants, home made noodles, needle crafts, fresh from the farm eggs and more. The market will be every Thursday at the above time and location.

04/27/2014

Got a little planting done in the garden today before the wind, hail and heavy rain hit. Planted 16 tomatoes, some yellow beans, radishes and lettuce. The potatoes, beets, spinach and radishes planted almost 3 week ago are starting to show up. Wapello County Farmers Market will start on May 15th 2:30pm until 5:30pm every Wednesday at Family Video parking lot in Ottumwa. Have some excellent vendors lined up for this year. They will have a wide variety of baked goods along with vegetables. Two of them will have fresh eggs.

04/15/2014

I should know better than go by memory. The spring market at Bloomfield is April 19th from 9am to 3pm.

04/15/2014

Last Wednesday I finally got a start on planting in the garden. I planted some potatoes, spinach, beets radishes and pearl onion seeds. Today it was cold and snowy so that will extend the time it takes for anything to grow. Lots of peppers and tomato plants are started and waiting for warm weather. There is a spring market going to be held on April 26th at the Get Together room in Bloomfield. There will be food served and vendors will be selling baked goods, needle crafts and I will have homemade noodles.

03/21/2014

I will be attending the Wapello County Farmers Market in Ottumwa at Family Video this year. The market will start this season on May 15th. I will also be attending Bloomfield Farmers Markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting May 17th. All we need now is some warm weather and dry soil so I can get some vegetables planted. Lots of plants started sitting under grow lights waiting to get outside in the sun.

11/05/2013

The gardens are put away for the winter. My brother-in-law plowed them yesterday. I have planted garlic and onion seed for next years growing season. I also saved the leeks that I planted this year to see if they will sweeten up during the winter. All that is left to do is wait for the seed catalogs to start arriving and dream of next years produce.

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201 9th St
Eldon, IA
52554

Telephone

(641) 680-6216

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